Paraguayan Authorities Visit Tesla, Consider Possibility of Country’s Use of Megapacks

by Eva Fox December 13, 2021

Paraguayan Authorities Visit Tesla, Consider Possibility of Country’s Use of Megapacks

Photo: Itaipu Binacional

Paraguayan authorities visited several Tesla locations in the United States as part of their research. Officials analyzed the company's Megapack technology and explored the possibility of using batteries to store energy in the country.

Paraguayan authorities from the Itaipu Board of Directors and the National Electricity Authority (ANDE) have visited the facilities of Tesla to study energy storage solutions, the Paraguayan News Agency reported. Félix Sosa (President of ANDE), Eduardo Viedma, Gerardo Blanco, and Luis Morínigo (Board Member of Itaipu Technology Park) visited the manufacturer's factory in southern California. The visit also included a tour of Tesla's former headquarters in Palo Alto, California.

After the visit, the council members stressed the great advantage that Megapack technology can bring to the Paraguay Hydro Power Plant (HPP). ANDE CEO, Félix Sosa, explained that Tesla's 100-megawatt (MW) Megapack system can power thousands of homes and businesses for hours.

The delegation had the opportunity to get acquainted in detail with the innovative technology that Tesla uses in its batteries, and to analyze the possibility of its application in the territory of Paraguay. Sosa said that ANDE's Master Plan 2021-2040 is considering the use of Megapack technology for distributed generation and grid stabilization. The directors, Viedma and Blanco, also praised the benefits that large-scale energy storage in Tesla batteries can bring, given the sustainability of this two-way venture.

Tesla reportedly sent an invitation to Itaipu a few days ago to hold meetings and share its expertise in large-scale energy storage solutions. The Paraguay-Brazilian Hydro Power Plant is the world's largest hydroelectric generator. Since its inception in 1984, more than 2,820 million megawatt-hours (MWh) of energy have been generated.

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